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Ridin’ With Biden: Islanders Celebrate With a Car Parade

Islanders took to the roads celebrating the Presidential Inauguration.

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Legislature Holds Hearing on Bill as Parks Hang in Balance

Bill would allow park and recreation districts to collect tax revenue from different funding source.

Timing Is Everything in Talks About Re-Opening School

The pending decision comes amidst both progress and setbacks in the battle against the coronavirus.

An AR-15. Courtesy photo

Mags, open carry at protests and AR-15s on Olympia’s agenda

Lawmakers are eyeing a number of bills which could change firearm regulations in the state.

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Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Lawmakers consider prohibiting use of credit score to determine insurance rates

Advocates say credit scoring makes low-income and minority policy holders pay more for coverage.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
June 2018 algae bloom. Photo courtesy of Department of Ecology

Human-caused ‘dead zones’ threaten health of Puget Sound

Wastewater treatment plants account for about 70% of the excess nutrients.

June 2018 algae bloom. Photo courtesy of Department of Ecology
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Survey shows rent debt to be disproportionately distributed among minorities

More than half of Black renters surveyed said they owed rent money from previous months.

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Dockton Gets a New Welcome

A mossy sign welcoming visitors to Dockton has sprouted up welcoming visitors to the historic town.

  • Jan 22, 2021
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Vashon Schools Get a Shiny New Maintenance Building

The new building replaces an old maintenance building constructed before 1910.

  • Jan 22, 2021
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West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Ecology.

EPA loans King County $96.8 million to prevent untreated water from spilling into Puget Sound

Loan comes a week after an over 10 million gallon overflow into the Puget Sound and Lake Washington.

West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Ecology.
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Vashon’s Vintage Newspapers Find a Home in Cyberspace

Digitized copies of early Vashon newspapers are now available on the information superhighway.

  • Jan 21, 2021
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Vashon Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Pandemic Situation Report

Here’s what you need to know about Jan. 12 to Jan. 18.

  • Jan 21, 2021
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Schools Have Tentative Plan To Bring Kids Back To Classrooms

The district is preparing to phase in limited in-person learning for elementary-aged children.

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For Islander, Volunteer Firefighting Is a Way of Life

Brett Kranjcevich has marked 40 years as a volunteer firefighter, following a long family legacy.

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Portraits of Black Lives Lost Grace New Space

Paintings memorializing some who have died at the hands of police have moved to the arts center.

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National Guard troops, pictured Jan. 11 at the state Capitol in Olympia, have been on standby in case of violent protests. (Photo by Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press)

At the state Capitol, a quiet day amid heightened security

There were no protests or arrests as troopers patrolled and the National Guard assumed a lower profile.

  • Jan 21, 2021
National Guard troops, pictured Jan. 11 at the state Capitol in Olympia, have been on standby in case of violent protests. (Photo by Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press)
West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County

Power outages cause massive wastewater spill into Puget Sound, Lake Washington

King County estimates millions gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed into surrounding waters.

West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County
Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)

House Democrats lay out massive $26B transportation package funded by gas tax hike

An 18-cent gas tax increase and a fee on carbon emissions would fund new roads and more.

  • Jan 19, 2021
Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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Report: 70 percent of gun deaths in Washington are attributable to suicide

Research done at The Firearm Injury and Policy Research Program at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center suggest three policy solutions to help reduce rates… Continue reading

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Robert Allen, 61, had never been homeless in his life before 2019, when he lost his housing. The chef has been trying to get back on his feet, and hopes to open a nonprofit and make hot sauce. File photo

King County implements 0.01% sales tax to raise money for housing the homeless

Officials plan to buy hotels, motels and nursing homes for conversion into permanent housing.

Robert Allen, 61, had never been homeless in his life before 2019, when he lost his housing. The chef has been trying to get back on his feet, and hopes to open a nonprofit and make hot sauce. File photo